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'A Hero of Our Time' at Cineplex on Sunday

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:00 AM
A Hero of Our Time, captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
The Bolshoi Ballet’s A Hero of Our Time is a standout collaboration.
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The Bolshoi Ballet's A Hero of Our Time captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and made available to select cinemas plays this Sunday, June 4, at Palace Cineplex. A partnership between choreographer Yuri Possokhov and theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov, it closes the Bolshoi's 2016-17 season at Palace Cineplex.

It was the Bolshoi's artistic director of ballet, Sergei Filin, who suggested that Possokhov and Serebrennikov should work together on a new ballet. Serebrennikov suggested A Hero of Our Time, one of his favourite books.

The short stories about the military officer and Byronic anti-hero Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin, are told through travellers' notes and journals, detailing his adventures during his travels through the Caucasus, a region at the border of Europe and Asia, between the Black and the Caspian seas.

According to the Byronic tradition, Pechorin is a character of contradiction. He is both sensitive and cynical, quite arrogant, but also very aware of his own character and traits.

 

Three parts

 

The name Pechorin is drawn from that of the Pechora River in the far north, as a homage to Aleksandr Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, named after the Onega River. Three of the five novellas which make up the novel have been chosen for the ballet, namely Bela, Taman, Princess Mary. In each one of these three parts in the ballet, Pechorin is quite different. He is changed by circumstance, age and the way in which he is presented

Each Pechorin has his own character, as revealed in his opening monologue, and his own musical characterisation, as conveyed to the audience by a particular musical instrument, positioned directly on stage.

Encore performances of The Bolshoi Ballet captured live from Moscow are shown exclusively at Palace Cineplex in Kingston. Tickets are on sale at the box office, Palace Cineplex, and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com with a Palace Card or any major credit card.